According to an article in Reuters, a poll by the BBC World Service of 27,000 people in 26 countries showed that a majority of people “could not live without the internet.” Nearly 80% of the surveyed believe that the internet gives them greater freedom, and over 50% believe that no level of government should regulate it.
Interestingly, while the US respondents tended toward confidence in their ability to speak freely online, the majority of the Japanese polled believe they cannot express themselves safely.
Ultimately, the survey concluded that:
Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around the world see access to the Internet as their fundamental right,” said Doug Miller, the chairman of GlobeScan which conducted the survey. “They think the Web is a force for good, and most don’t want governments to regulate it.”
I am pleased to see that a global survey tends toward total net neutrality. While it seems many are conscious about fraud, most see the detriment caused by such government censorship programs, the most famous being implemented in China.